Island trimming / curb jumping ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn Tek, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. Lawn Tek

    Lawn Tek LawnSite Senior Member
    from u s a
    Posts: 457

    Have a new account that has several small parking islands . It has customer cars parked there 14 hours a day 7 days a week . What approach do you use trimming the islands and clean up of the clippings ? I plan on using a 21 inch mower with a bagger but because the whole parking lot is surrounded by concrete curbing blowing the clippings a long way seems like a bad idea .
  2. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    How wide are the islands, what quality is the turf/terrain, are there any trees/shrubs, etc and if so how much room is there between them and the curb?
  3. Dr. Mow

    Dr. Mow LawnSite Member
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    maybe spray with a growth regulator / if your liscensed
  4. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,194

    Is it possible to do these islands in the other 10 hours of the day?
  5. Lawn Tek

    Lawn Tek LawnSite Senior Member
    from u s a
    Posts: 457

    C S R A turf was good sod until other L C O let it burn up , without telling them sprinkler system not working , some of them have bradford pears planted in the middle of the island , they range 3 to 5 foot wide .
    Dr Mow , may do that next spring , Pgr's seem to work better with spring growth
    Goat that would mean 5 a m to 6 a m window , dont know but with all the cars there its gonna be a pain .

    Main question removing trimming clippings ?
  6. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I used to work for a guy that had a account that had really long islands. everyone always pulled there car way over the curb :mad: so you could not trim under some of the front ends. every other week we would have to show up early before any cars came so we could get the areas that were long and then we would blow the grass around the curbs. sounds like you have a similar situation as we did. we just did our best and left it at that
  7. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    Bag with 21" mower and use handheld vacuum to get the rest.
  8. Dr. Mow

    Dr. Mow LawnSite Member
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    most islands are in commerical parking lots, look up, they normally have lights.
    we do a lot of islands 2-3a.m. no cars little traffic. saves a lot of time. but check your local noise ordiences.:)
  9. mh1314

    mh1314 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 133

    If you use a 21" with a bagger, work your trimmer so it throws the cuttings back onto the island, you should have minimal debris, which you could blow back onto the island with a small hand-held blower. As for the cars, you can only work around them.
  10. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 632

    ...Just plain gives me the willies when someone mentions
    "island trimming"


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